Boeing Company Honors Whitworth Alumnus with Prestigious Fellowship
Tim Williams, a 1985 Whitworth alumnus, will be recognized for
his engineering and aerospace expertise when he is inducted as a
technical fellow of The Boeing Company in January 2004. His contributions
to the company for the last 16 years will be formally recognized
at the fourth annual Northwest Region Technical Honors Ceremony,
to be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash.
Williams, who double-majored in physics and math at Whitworth,
was selected as a technical fellow not only for his technical knowledge
but also for his communication strengths, mentoring abilities, and leadership qualities.
Williams says his time at Whitworth and the professors he worked with were instrumental in his success today.
"Whitworth is truly outstanding," Williams says. "Lois
Kieffaber (professor of physics) was my advisor for my last year;
she wasn't always my professor, but she was always my mentor."
Williams, who also earned a master's degree in applied physics
from the University of Washington, says his experience at Whitworth
maintains a special importance for him.
"An education from Whitworth University is much more than simply
earning a degree," Williams says. "It's a model of what
other education institutions should be striving to achieve."
Since its creation more than 20 years ago, Boeing's Technical Fellowship
Program has offered a career path option to the company's foremost
scientific, technical and engineering employees. Williams was made
an associate technical fellow less than a year ago and is one of
the youngest such fellows at Boeing.
Fewer than 1.5 percent of Boeing's employees are members of the
Technical Fellowship Program, established in 1989 as part of the
company's technical-excellence programs, which create a community
of leaders who help shape Boeing's future. There are three levels
within the program: associate technical fellow, technical fellow,
and senior technical fellow.
Acknowledged as leaders in establishing technical excellence in
products and processes, individuals in the program are expected
to continue to apply their expertise to the many technical challenges
facing the aerospace industry, to mentor others, and to carry Boeing's
commitment to technical excellence into the future.
"Our technical team is the foundation for the current and
future success of our business, and these individuals have key roles
in maintaining and enhancing our technical capabilities," says
Hank Queen, vice president of engineering and product integrity at Boeing.
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